Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

The Contenders

Ray Davies, released on Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, © Noma Music, Inc. BMI 1970


Hush little mammy don't you cry

I've got to see what it's like on the world outside

Got to get out of this life somehow

Got to be free, got to be free now


I don't want to be a constructor of highways

A sweeper of sidewalks, I've got to do it my way

I'm too ill-equipped for a mathematician

A shrewd politician, a maker of decisions


We're not the greatest when when we're separated

But when we're together I think we're going to make it

I don't want to be like a fascist dictator

A saint or a sinner, I want to be a winner